To The Nines Award: Part 8

Part 8 of To The Nines is due October 9.


Writing Prompt

It’s a race against time as the climax reaches a crescendo. You’ve still got a trick or two up your sleeve, but it’s down to our unlikely heroes to steal the spotlight in this penultimate edition of the To The Nines Award.

Here’s what needs to happen:

  • A suitably dramatic climax
  • Leads to a realisation from a new perspective
  • And an unlikely winner in the game of life and death
  • But not before we’ve all had to hold our breath for far too long
  • And what does it really mean anyway, to meet your heart’s desire
  • Save a little in the tank for the denouement


Continue in your nominated genres

Word Count

Up to 650 words. No minimum word count.

Due Date

Sunday 9 October 2016. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.

All entries receive feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format



A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here